Robert Fitzgerald, NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner since 2019, has been appointed the Age Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, to begin on April 2.
We look forward to having Commissioner Fitzgerald join us at such a critical time for Australia's ageing population," said Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher.
"For much of his adult life, and with high distinction, Mr Fitzgerald has served his communities, state, and country to better the lives of the most vulnerable. As a highly respected lawyer, human rights and social justice advocate, and a leading figure in the anti-discrimination space who has held several significant Commissioner positions, he is the perfect person to take on this role to help advance the rights of older people.
"His expertise, acumen, compassion, and dedicated advocacy for human rights will make him a vital asset to the Commission," she said.
Mr Fitzgerald was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, was Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Advisory Board and has served on NGO boards for more than 40 years - including the Benevolent Society, St Vincent de Paul Society, Caritas Australia, and Social Ventures Australia. He is a former President of the Australian Council of Social Services.
Mr Fitzgerald replaces Dr Kay Patterson who completed her seven year term last year.